Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 27/10/2013 - Rugby League - Rugby League World Cup - New Zealand v Samoa - Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, England - New Zealand's Issac Luke is tackled by Samoa's Mose Masoe and Sauaso Sue.

Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke will play in his 30th Test match for New Zealand on Saturday following his selection for the Kiwis up against Toa Samoa to be played at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium.

Luke has been selected at hooker in place of Thomas Leuluai, having completed his two game suspension which saw him miss the NRL Grand Final victory earlier this month, followed by last weekend’s victory by the Kiwis over Australia.

Issac becomes the second Rabbitohs player to play 30 Tests for his country whilst playing for South Sydney, seven Tests behind Australia’s Clive Churchill.

The New Zealand team is:

1)     Peta Hiku (Sea Eagles)

2)     Jason Nightingale (Dragons)

3)     Dean Whare (Panthers)

4)     Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters)

5)     Manu Vatuvei (Warriors)

6)     Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles)

7)     Shaun Johnson (Warriors)

8)     Jesse Bromwich (Storm)

9)     Issac Luke (Rabbitohs)

10)  Adam Blair (Tigers)

11)  Simon Mannering (c) (Warriors)

12)  Kevin Proctor (Storm)

13)  Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)

Interchange:

14)  Lewis Brown (Panthers)

15)  Suaia Matagi (Warriors)

16)  Martin Taupau (Tigers)

17)  Tohu Harris (Storm)

18)  Bodene Thompson (Tigers)

Head Coach – Stephen Kearney

 

The Toa Samoa team is:

1)     Tim Simona (Tigers)

2)     Antonio Winterstein (Cowboys)

3)     Tim Lafai (Bulldogs)

4)     Joey Leilua (Knights)

5)     Daniel Vidot (Broncos)

6)     Ben Roberts (Storm)

7)     Kyle Stanley (Dragons)

8)     Isaac Liu (Roosters)

9)     Pita Godinet (Wakefield Trinity)

10)  David Fa’alogo (c) (Knights)

11)  Frank Pritchard (Bulldogs)

12)  Leeson Ah Mau (Dragons)

13)  Josh McGuire (Broncos)

Interchange:

14)  Dunamis Lui (Sea Eagles)

15)  Jesse Sene-Lefao (Sea Eagles)

16)  Sauaso Sue (Tigers)

17)  Mose Masoe (St Helens)

18)  Dominique Peyroux (Warriors)

19)  Penani Manumalealii (Sharks)

Head Coach – Matt Parish